River inspires capital eatery

catering, The Riparian Rooms
• Stuart Thom (left), Lynne Ritchie, Neil Robb (seated), Gary Cromie and Peter Adshed.

The Riparian Rooms opens after nine-year search

A RESTAURANT inspired by an underground river has opened its doors in Edinburgh.
The Riparian Rooms, which promises high quality, seasonal food and drink, opened on the corner of East London Street and Broughton Street late last month.
It takes its name from the Latin ‘ripa’, meaning river bank, and was inspired by an underground river called The Broughton Burn, which flows from York Place through Broughton Street before joining the Water of Leith.
The venue is the brainchild of Neil Robb and Lynne Ritchie, who claim to have spent nine years searching for the right location for the venture.
Robb said: “The goal to own our venue has been some time in the planning and we wanted to ensure we found the right space in the right location.
“We knew that in order to achieve our vision, it had to be truly different and where a ‘home from home’ could be created, enjoyed and depended on.
“Over the planning years, inspiration was drawn from travels in the UK and overseas.
“Being local residents of the new town, we are familiar with the range of offerings available and saw a gap in the market.”
A year-long refurbishment created two floors with a central bar and a coffee/snack area called The Burrow Below.
The menu has been designed by head chef Gary Cromie; other members of the team include general manager Stuart Thom and restaurant manager Peter Adshed.
Robb added: “We are thrilled to have been able to put together such an experienced and knowledgeable team.
“We all know and enjoy the produce that Scotland has to offer.
“We are looking forward to welcoming guests to the Riparian Rooms where we will showcase the best produce, created with a signature twist.”